Bible and Birth Control

by Charles D. Provan

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:4

I remember a great man coming into my house, at Waltham, and seeing all my children standing in the order of their age and stature, said, “These are they that make rich men poor.” But he straight received this answer, “Nay, my lord, these are they that make a poor man rich; for there is not one of these whom we would part with for all your wealth.”
Joseph Hall, 1574-1656

Dedication and Thanks

Table of Contents
Introduction, Author’s Note, Acknowledgements
A Birth Control Quiz

Chapter One
Nine Reasons Why the Bible Prohibits Birth Control
Chapter One Introduction
Reason 1: Be Fruitful and Multiply
Reason 2: Children are a Blessing from God: the More the Better
Reason 3: Childlessness is an Unfortunate Thing
Reason 4: The Onan Incident
Reason 5: Death Penalties for Sexual Offenses
Reason 6: Castration as a Blemish
Reason 7: Seed as Semen or Children
Reason 8: The Natural Function of Women
Reason 9: Childbirth and Salvation for Women
Chapter One Summary

Chapter Two
Two Alternate Viewpoints on Birth Control and Their Rebuttals
Alternate Viewpoint 1: Another View on Onan
Rebuttal 1: Replying to a Concerned Friend
Alternate Viewpoint 2: Devil’s Advocate
Rebuttal 2: Replying to the Devil’s Advocate

Chapter Three
Protestant Theologians and the Onan Incident (Martin Luther’s Comment)
Chapter Three Introduction
Protestant Theologians on the Onan Incident

Appendix 1: A List of Additional Protestant Theologians Who Opposed Birth Control
Appendix 2: The Pilgrims and A. W. Pink on Birth Control